Tuesday, June 5, 2012

1st Round Minor League Draft Concludes

By Corey R. Cunningham

The first round minor league draft was concluded early Monday evening, and to a bit of surprise to say the least. Some teams picked as how I thought they would have, and others surprised me, along with a lot of experts covering the MLB draft. Some prospects were cannot miss along with some being a long shot, however, when it comes down to it, prospects are prospects, and that is all they are until MLB proven. Here is a rundown of how the first round filtered out:

1 Houston Astros – SS Carlos Correa

2 Minnesota Twins - OF Byron Buxton

3 Seattle Mariners - C Mike Zunino

4 Baltimore Orioles - RHP Kevin Gausman

5 Kansas City Royals - RHP Kyle Zimmer

6 Chicago Cubs - OF Albert Almora

7 San Diego Padres - LHP Max Fried

8 Pittsburgh Pirates - RHP Mark Appel

9 Florida Marlins - LHP Andrew Heaney

10 Colorado Rockies - OF David Dahl

11 Oakland A's - SS Addison Russell

12 New York Mets - SS Gavin Cecchini

13 Chicago White Sox - OF Courtney Hawkins

14 Cincinnati Reds – RHP Nick Travieso

15 Cleveland Indians - OF Tyler Naquin

16 Washington Nationals – RHP Luc Giolito

17 Toronto Blue Jays - OF DJ Davis

18 Los Angeles Dodgers – 3B Corey Seager

19 St. Louis Cardinals – RHP Michael Wacha

20 San Francisco Giants – RHP Chris Stratton

21 Atlanta Braves – RHP Lucas Sims

22 Toronto Blue Jays – RHP Marcus Stromen

23 St. Louis Cardinals – OF James Ramsey

24 Boston Red Sox – SS Deven Marrero

25 Tampa Bay Rays – 3B Richie Shaffer

26 Arizona Diamondbacks - C Stryker Trahan

27 Milwaukee Brewers – C Clint Coulter

28 Milwaukee Brewers - 1B/OF Victor Roache

29 Texas Rangers – OF Lewis Brinson

30 New York Yankees – RHP Ty Hensley

31 Boston Red Sox – LHP Brian Johnson

Most of the picks went accordingly, however, some did not. To my surprise the Houston Astros took a player of SS Carlos Correa to a bit of a lot of expert’s surprise. The rumor was Houston was automatically taking RHP Mark Appel, due to the immediate impact he would have with the team, making him a sooner rather than later impact with the Astros.

I believe the winner with some advantage of the first round with looking at former picks was the Pittsburgh Pirates, nabbing Mark Appel with the 8th overall pick. Some thought Appeal would have a problem signing; however, Pittsburgh is not afraid to throw money at prospects. If you look at previous picks in the latest drafts, the Pirates could have a scary starting rotation in the near future with RHP’s James McDonald, Jameson Taillon, Gerritt Cole, and Mark Appel. This could be a very good future for the Pirates if all pans out well.

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